Ndembu - Kinship

Kin Groups and Descent. Matriliny governs immediate residence patterns, although the direct offspring of a headman will be more likely than in the past to stay in their father's village. Surnames have been universally adopted, these being the name of the father. Headmanship descends from mother's brother to sister's son.

Kinship Terminology. A classificatory naming system follows the matrilineal principle.

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